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Art expression in the Mandala

Business World, Posted on October 23, 2011 08:23:09 PM
October 23, 2011 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

By Marivic Rufino
Mandala is the path to the center, to individuation. I began to understand that the goal of psychic development is the self. There is no human evolution. There is only a circumambulation of the self. — Dr. Carl Jung, Swiss analyst

The Mandala, “circle” in Sanskrit, represents wholeness, an integrated view of the world and the universe. In his books, Dr. Jung wrote, “It signifies the psychic center of the personality, not to be identified with the ego…. As psychological phenomena, they [mandalas] appear simultaneously in dreams…they contain a quaternity or a multiple of four, in the form of a cross, a star, a square, an octagon.”

“A cosmic diagram, it is a model for the organizational structure of life itself,” Dr. Dido Gustilo-Villasor explained. “The mandala reminds us of our relation to the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and mind. It appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.” Continue reading